The reason why there are more than 40 Universities in Australia is that tertiary education matters. Ambitious professionals in Australia with a degree will ultimately have an advantage when going for the top jobs in the workplace. Today, we’re here to tell you about short courses online, a.k.a. Micro-credentials, that can help to support you as you prepare for Uni or TAFE* courses.
These convenient, affordable and mentally-stimulating options allow you to augment to build a foundation early on that will serve you well throughout your study.
What Is The Meaning Of Micro-Credential?
Micro-credentials are gaining in popularity with Australian professionals due to the way they allow you to gain new professional hard and soft skills easily. They give you what employers need, as well as help to plug any gaps in your knowledge that help you to prepare for further education.
The great thing about this kind of online learning is that it comes in bite-sized modules, meaning you can fit it in around your day rather than having to put hours aside. Typically able to be consumed via a smartphone or tablet, they put the control firmly in your hands.
What Are The Benefits Of Micro-Credentials?
There are a number of benefits offered by micro-credentials when compared to regular learning, with convenience ranking highly among them. They include:
- The ability to personalise your learning
- They give you digital badges that increase your employability
- They can provide a bridge between complementing courses
- Fill in gaps not covered by your TAFE* or uni course
This proof of learning represents an affordable way to develop yourself. So, whether you take a short teacher’s aide course on your way to your teaching degree or an animal care course when training to be a vet, your overall learning benefits, and you stay motivated.
How Many Of These Short Courses Online Are Available?
The great thing about these short online courses is that they’re available for pretty much any industry you can think of. They’re also able to cater for the specialisms within each sector, so you’ll be able to find something for the vast majority of professions to help.
The courses offered cover:
- Aged care & Counselling
- Beauty, Lifestyle & Leisure
- Events & Hospitality
- HR, Management & Communication
- Social Media Marketing
- Fitness, Health & Nutrition
This is far from being an exhaustive list either, as at OCA alone, we have online learning in more than 20 different industries. As such, whichever course you’re going to be doing, you can get yourself ready for your course and augment your learnt throughout your career (a topic for another time).
What 'qualification' Does A Short Course Give Me?
As we briefly alluded to earlier, micro-credentials do more than simply prepare you for further education. In fact, the ‘qualifications’ you get after completing them come in the form of digital badges that can be added to your resume.
They demonstrate a thirst for learning and a commitment to progressing as a professional. Combine that with the CPD Points you also get from the best companies, and you see that these short courses online help you get ahead and fulfil your potential and get the best grade you can while training.
Now that’s something worth paying attention to, don’t you think?
Supplement Your TAFE Learning With Short Courses Online
So, if you’re going to be embarking on university or TAFE* courses this year, OCA’s CPD-Endorsed, video-based short online courses can help you prepare. As well as getting you accustomed to learning, our courses' stimulating content makes gaining new skills enjoyable! Moreover, every single OCA student gets 1-to-1 mentoring, so you get your own learning coach!
Our learning library is vast too, so you’re sure to find something that will help you there, regardless of the industry you’re training for. We offer a next-level learning experience that our students regularly tell us is the best and most engaging online education Australia can muster - something you can get a feel for by watching our Student Study Demo.
If you’d like to know more about what we’ve spoken about here and you’d like to prepare for your TAFE study ahead of time, visit us today at www.onlinecoursesaustralia.edu.au where you’ll find everything you need to know. You’ll also see there that we offer flexible payment options that make our affordable learning even more accessible to those who need it.
*What is a TAFE?
TAFE stands for “Technical and Further Education”. TAFE institutes are government-funded Registered Training Organisations (RTO's) that offer Vocational Education and Training relating to a specific industry or occupation.
There are other private (non-government funded RTOs) that offer accredited courses (just like TAFE).
Although Online Courses Australia is NOT an RTO, OCA has formed partnerships with a small number of RTOs to offer RPL or CREDIT from selective Micro-Credentials towards RTO (accredited) courses. Look out for Accelerated Learning Pathway on our website.